Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I like pineapples by itself.  I specially love the canned ones although I also eat the fresh ones, except the latter makes my tongue itch everytime I indulge and not even drinking water as my grandmother used to say, helps.  So I normally stick to the canned ones, which, for some reason, don’t make my tongue react the same way.

On the other other hand though, I do NOT like pineapples in most of my food (the same way I don’t like raisins).  I like pineapple jam, specially the homemade one, and I can drink pineapple juice, but I am the type of person who would pick out pineapples from my pizza slice, and I will never ever order those burgers that have pineapple slices on them.

For this reason, I have never tried baking Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  But today, my daughter had asked if we could, because I bought a can of sliced ones primarily for eating plain, or chilling and making them part of her lunch box content.

As her school starts 2 days from now, I thought hmmm, might be a good bonding moment so I said yes.  It is an easy recipe and I admit, I liked it both warm and cold.  Of course, I take out my pineapple before eating the cake 😉

Here is the recipe:

450 grams pineapple slices in syrup

200 grams butter, softened

200 grams caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence (this is optional — I personally ignore this ingredient as I don’t like the taste of vanilla in cakes)

3 large or extra large eggs

200 grams self raising flour

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees C.

Grease and line with wax paper an 8 inch round cake tin and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Fold in the flour, and a tablespoon of the pineapple syrup.

Drain your pineapples and arrange them at the base of your prepared pan.  You might not need all of them, or if you want, you can overlap them.  Arranging the pineapples

Carefully pile the batter on top of the pineapples and smoothen them with a rubber spatula.

Bake for about 50 minutes.  Cool down, and invert onto a plate.  Nice either warm from the oven, or cooled down from the fridge.

Good bonding time.  Leave the washing up to your hubby :).  Or not.Nice warm or cold!

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